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Thermo Fisher Scientific Co-Op, Plant Engineering in Lexington, Massachusetts

Job Title: Co-op, Plant Engineering

Requisition ID: R-00951998

Location: 45 Hartwell Ave, Lexington, MA 02420

At Viral Vector Services (VVS) a division of Thermo Fisher Scientific we deliver, from process development through commercial supply, we offer the expertise and resources necessary to help clients deliver innovative gene therapies. Placed in the forefront of our leading and cutting edge Cell and Gene Therapy business enabling clients to cure genetic, rare, and otherwise untreatable diseases.

The Plant Engineering Co-op will report directly to the Head of Facilities, and have activities coordinated by a member of the Plant Engineering team. The Engineering Co-op will be part of a team responsible for supporting utilities and facilities used in drug substance and drug product manufacturing, quality control laboratories, and associated support areas at Thermo Fisher's Lexington, MA site. Job specific activities shall include quality, safety, and conduct-based training that is crucial to operations in a cGMP facility. Additional and more specialized training will be assigned as appropriate or needed. Some limited travel to Thermo Fisher sites in Cambridge and Somerville, MA may be required, but the position is based in Lexington.

The Plant Engineering Co-op will support the organization with the following tasks depending on the project selected:

  • Provide Engineering support on capital construction projects including: equipment specification/selection, design reviews, instrument calibration planning, troubleshooting technical issues, and supporting overall project objectives.

  • Work alongside Engineering involved in the design process; with responsibilities including equipment sizing, instrumentation, P&ID/PFD review and mark-ups, status updates, and generation of other deliverables for the process design package.

  • Use data analytics to provide direct input into Plant Engineering's improvement initiatives.

  • Drive significant impact on the cycle time, labor intensiveness, quality, and variability of key processes.

  • Present a project that will encompass system knowledge and/or significant innovation will be required at the end of the term.


  • Must be 18 years or older

  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelor's Degree program from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 minimum GPA or equivalent

  • Completion of at least two years of study from an accredited college or university prior to the Co-op commencing


  • Degree concentration(s) in Chemical/Mechanical Engineering, Life Sciences, or related discipline

  • Understanding of general Engineering concepts and functions such as fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, plant design, etc.

  • Strong leadership, communication, and organization skills

  • Experience using databases, data queries, and data analysis

  • Experience using Engineering concepts on improvement projects

  • Ability to improve business operations and directly contribute to departmental goals

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Basic to intermediate experience with MS Word, Excel, and Visio

  • Comfortable working in a Clean Room environment

  • General understanding of biologics manufacturing process and unit operations (bioreactors, depth filtration, chromatography, ultrafiltration/diafiltration, tangential flow filtration, viral filtration, filling operations)

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 75,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission-enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, veteran status, age or disability status.